Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich
Bloom Time: May, June
Bloom Color: purple, pink
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Additional Tags: colonizing, shade garden plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Polygala paucifoliaAlso known as:
Polygala paucifolia is a delicate and very beautiful plant. Its oval leaves crowd near the tops of its prostrate stems. The peculiar, orchid-like flowers are about an inch in size and bright rose-purple. Two sepals stick out like wings from the base of a cigar-shaped tube that has a lovely fringe in front. The overall effect is that of a butterfly or a cartoonish airplane.
A woodland native, the gaywing enjoys light shade to full shade, moist, organic soil, rich with acid leaf mold, such as found around hemlocks, rhododendrons, pines, or oaks. It will colonize under ideal conditions. Blooms in May and June. Zones 3-7
Propagate by careful division of root stalk.
the Milkwort family gets its name from the belief that if the plants where fed to nursing mothers or live-stock, this would increase milk production.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV